November 23, 2011 -
Pepper spray can hurt, but online mockery stings for a lot longer.
First an officer hosed down protesters with pepper spray, now he's getting hosed back. Peppered with ridicule for "watering my hippies."
Now he's "spraying" everyone from Santa to Jesus at the Last Supper.
He's become what's called a meme, an idea reproducing across the web. Even spraying another Internet meme, the keyboard cat.
His name is Lieutenant John Pike but he's been tagged with the nickname Pepper Spray Pike.
The hacker group "Anonymous" went after Lieutenant Pike by publicizing his phone and address.
we are going to make you squeal
When Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly described pepper spray this way,
"It's like a derivative of actual pepper. It's a food product essentially."
She was mocked by many, saying things like, "Megyn Kelly on the electric chair: It's a massage chair, essentially!" or "Megyn Kelly on mustard gas: It's a hot dog condiment, essentially."